Johanna Uittamo

MD, DDS, PhD, Adjunct professor

Who are you?

I am a consultant maxillofacial surgeon working in the Helsinki University Hospital and as a clinical teacher in the University. In addition, a mother or three amazing kids and enthusiastic sports fan.

Favorite part of your job?

Working with the students, it is absolutely their eagerness and joy of learning! As a surgeon, I really like the encounter with the patients, but for sure – being at the or is great! But as a researcher the best part is innovating new ideas and the conversations with intelligent Ficebo-members such as Elisa and Teppo.

Why did you decide to enter your field?

I have wanted to be a doctor since I was four years old. Further the oral cavity and the oral diseases have interested me a lot. After all, maxillofacial surgery was quite obvious field. The life that I have outside the hospital has led the way to do something else than only surgery. Science, teaching and patient work is amazing combo!

Who/What inspires you?

Intelligent and curious people. Also I am very keen in exploring new things, I suppose one could say that I am very interested in many things. Sports, such as swimming, cross country skiing, jogging and cycling helps me to get new and fresh ideas, besides it is a lot of fun.

The most interesting article you’ve read recently?

I am preparing a lecture of encounters, so I have red a few articles about encounter in medicin. It is impossible to name only one, put the topic itself is fascinating.

Your favorite book and why?

I read a lot. And most of the books are not about medicin. I like Satu Rämö, for example Hildur was great! But also some of the books by Saku Tuominen, such as “Ettekö te tiedä kuka minä olen – Erilainen elämänkerta” has been inspiring. Mainly reading is a way to “swich off” and concentrate on something else than work or home and that is why I like reading books like Miranda Cowley Hellers The Paper Palace.